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About Our Y

OUR MISSION

We build strong kids, strong families, strong communities.


OUR VISION

The YMCA of the Twin Tiers is the leader in promoting strong families, healthy lifestyles, and social interaction. We strive to be culturally diverse, financially sound, and to have a positive impact on everyone in our community.


OUR CAUSE

We are a dynamic association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. That’s why, at the Y, strengthening community is our cause and our programs are always based on the needs and interests of our communities.


OUR WORK

The Y is dedicated to building programs for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility that promote strong families, character values, youth leadership, community development and international understanding. The Y makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and communities to learn, grow and thrive by providing supportive and inclusive environments that nurture the potential of every youth and teen, improves the nation’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.


OUR VALUES

We have four core character development values that are the shared beliefs and essential principles that guide our behavior, our interactions with each other, our programs and curriculum and our decision-making.

Caring   *   Honesty   *   Respect   *   Responsibility


OUR PHILANTHROPY

Every year, over 200 volunteers and staff members will actively go into the community during our Annual Campaign to raise the dollars needed to make sure than everyone, regardless of age, gender, race, faith, ability level, income or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Financial assistance funded by our Annual Campaign donations keeps the Y available for kids and families who need us most and provides programs that are responding to pressing community needs. 100% of all donations go directly toward providing life-changing experiences that will have a meaningful, enduring impact right in our community.

Because our mission is to serve ALL people, financial assistance is made available to any individual or family who wants to participate in a YMCA program or activity but who cannot afford the fee. Our Annual Campaign helps our Y live its mission every day.

The YMCA of the Twin Tiers has deep roots in two communities (Olean and Bradford) and entered a third (Wellsville) in 2013. We look forward to sharing our mission-driven programs with people in these communities and beyond.


OUR HISTORY

The YMCA was established in the Olean and Bradford communities in 1886 as separate chartered non-profit organizations. Nearly 120 years later, the two community YMCAs merged into one. In 2007, the Olean-Bradford Area YMCA was born and grew into an organization that has a vast array of resources to meet the growing needs of the people in our communities. In 2012, we collaborated with Upper Allegheny Health System and opened our Gymnastics Center in Limestone, NY. With this stand-alone gym for our Flames Team and progressive program, we are able to serve over 250 youth and change their lives with YMCA sports. That same year, we entered into an agreement with the Town of Wellsville and the Wellsville Central School to provide programming in Wellsville. We started by staffing a fitness center at the high school and an aquatic center at the elementary school as well as managing all of the recreation programs that were previously run by the Town. Everything fell into place and by January of 2013, the YMCA was officially in Wellsville. We opened a storefront facility on December 9, 2013 and changed our name to the YMCA of the Twin Tiers.

Today, the YMCA of the Twin Tiers serves more than 11,000 members and an additional 3,000 program participants through three branches in Allegany, Cattaraugus and McKean Counties. We also provide Afterschool Child Care at 9 licensed sites in 7 school districts as well as at 2 YMCA Child Care & Early Learning Centers.

In Olean, Bradford, Wellsville, across the nation and around the world, the accomplishments of the Y over the years reveal a mission to constantly search for innovative ways to meet community needs. An understanding of our history contributes to every decision we make, every program we offer and every value we practice. We celebrate our character daily, for years of conviction to do the right thing.


BETTER TOGETHER

olean YMCA-Jamestown Community College COLLABORATION

An exciting opportunity and a first for New York State!

The YMCA built upon an existing relationship with JCC and entered into a 30-year shared-use agreement when building the new facility in 2004. This partnership allows JCC students and staff to access the new facility for athletics, intramural activities, physical education classes, recreation and other college-related activities.


Benefits to the Olean Family YMCA

  • Helped finance a portion of the capital and operating costs of the new facility
  • Permitted the Y to build a larger, more comprehensive facility than it could individually
  • Fulfills the Y’s mission to build strong communities
  • Attracts a new population group to the YMCA

Benefits to the Greater Olean Community

  • Leverages community assets and avoids duplication of services
  • Provides access to a modern state-of-the-art facility
  • Adds a new community asset that can be used in recruiting employees to our area
  • Improves quality-of-life

Jamestown Community College

The Olean Family YMCA/JCC Physical Education Center, located at 1101 Wayne St., is home to the JCC Jaguars’ men’s basketball team. Students also use the Cutco Court for a variety of afternoon intramural sports and special events including the campus’ annual commencement ceremony. Physical education courses are also taught at the facility which includes an aerobic studio, aquatic center, climbing wall, jogging/walking track, racquetball court and wellness center.

For more information on JCC-Cattaraugus, click here JCC-Catt website